Texas' Freshman Myck Kabongo Returning to the Longhorns

<Insert generic sigh of relief here.>

No, seriously.

Texas guard Myck Kabongo has made the decision to return to Austin for his sophomore season, and that bodes particularly well for Rick Barnes and the Longhorns.

Despite featuring a number of new faces, Texas managed to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Yet now, the key turns to junior guard J’Covan Brown.

Brown, who averaged 20.1 points per game this past season, could make the decision to head to the NBA. However, his return could give even more hype to a Texas squad that certainly has the talent to move up the Big 12 standings next season.

The decision by Kabongo to return is vital, and if Brown also makes the decision to return, the Longhorns would have five of their top six scorers back in Austin. That could be crucial for a team that managed to win 20 games this past season, despite three of their top four scorers being only freshmen.

Barnes is also welcoming in a five-man freshman class that is highlighted by 6-foot-10 big man and Texas native Cameron Ridley.

So while it is all too early to begin speculation into next season, the fact of the matter remains that Kabongo’s decision instantly gives the Longhorns a good feeling moving towards 2012-13.

Kabongo averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists per game this past year as a freshman.

At this time, there remains no such timetable for a decision by fellow back court star, J’Covan Brown.